A NATO reconnaissance team is expected to survey the Turkish-Syrian border Tuesday to prepare for the possible deployment of Patriot anti-aircraft missile batteries.
Turkey has turned against its former ally, asking fellow NATO members last week for the missiles to bolster its air defenses because of several Turkish deaths blamed on Syrian forces.
A delegation of Turkish and NATO officials is scheduled to begin a site survey Tuesday to determine where to deploy the batteries, the Turkish military said.
“The deployment of the Air and Missile Defense System is a precaution for defensive purposes for possible air and missile threats from Syria, and is not for the establishment of a no-fly zone or for offensive maneuvers,” according to a Turkish military statement.
A NATO reconnaissance team is expected to survey the Turkish-Syrian border Tuesday to prepare…
by Tactical-Life / Nov 27, 2012